Being busy and being productive is not always the same thing.
In a society that glorifies busy-ness do you often feel guilty if you don’t put in 60+ hours at the office, or schedule enough social rendezvous throughout the week? I used to!
Yep, I know these feelings all too well.
What can I say, I’m a New Yorker all the way. And after working myself sick (literally) I’ve allowed myself to truly grasp this concept.
I can honestly say that I am less busy, more productive, and happier than I’ve been in years.
How’d I do that?
I installed some buffer space between my professional and personal life.
Being a 24-year old newbie in a company where most of my colleagues were 20+ years ahead of me, I realized early on that if I didn’t establish firm boundaries from the beginning I would never be able to.
And here’s the amazing part. I got more respect! I got promoted. I moved up the corporate ladder.
Clients loved me more because I was dependable - I answered their emails the next day, rather than sporadically at 2am, and they could count on that. AND I stopped being so sick and tired all the time - so when I wasn’t working I actually had the energy to take up rock climbing.
So how do you install your own buffer space? Start here:
1 - Choose what time you want to end your work day and stick to it. For example, if you want to be done with work by 6pm each day do not answer phone calls or emails after that time. Of course there will be exceptions to this every now and then but more than being available people just want you to be predictable.
By setting a firm cut-off time to your work-day people will no longer expect you to return their calls or emails until the following day. Now breath, relax, and enjoy your evening.
2- Unless you’re a doctor, it isn’t life or death.Every little thing can feel like an emergency that needs your urgent attention if you let it. But in reality our real work - the things that get us where we want to be - are not the most in your face actions.
Super time saver - make a list of the things that feel urgent. Evaluate their importance, then redirect your attention to things that matter most.
When your important work is done, hit the urgent list. You might be surprised at how many things no longer feel that urgent anymore.
3- Meditation is no longer just for hippies. A lot of scientific research has gone into the effects of meditation on brain function (seriously, google it).
We often believe that if we aren’t doing a million things at once we aren’t being productive.
But sitting quietly for even just 5 minutes a day will boost your creativity, lower stress, and ease tension. And give you the clarity and focus to do the work that matters, kicking the busy work to the curb -your productivity will sky rocket.
What’s the first area in your life that would feel great to put up a buffer?
Written by Kelsey Fain; HC Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
Kelsey relates to her clients food struggles because she has had her own. A country girl turned New Yorker, Kelsey combines her innate passion for people feeling their best with a “say it as it is” attitude that is refreshingly honest and empowering. Click here to book a free Breakthrough Session with Kelsey now and experience the life changing tools she’ll share with you.